Auxiliary Bishop James Massa will make his first visit to his titular See of Bardstown, Ky., on Saturday, July 16, for the bicentennial of the cornerstone’s laying at St. Joseph’s Proto-Cathedral. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, which now encompasses the boundaries of the now-suppressed Diocese of Bardstown, will celebrate the Mass at 4 p.m.
Also in attendance will be Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, former titular bishop and now the Bishop of Toledo. A potluck dinner will follow the liturgy.
Bardstown was established on April 8, 1808, along with the dioceses of Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, out of the territory of the Baltimore Diocese, the first diocese in the U.S. It was suppressed in 1841 and transferred to the Diocese of Louisville.